Herald of Truth Obituaries - January, 1876

Herald of Truth - Volume XIII, Number 1 - January 1876, Pages 14, 15


On the 12th of November, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Brother MARTIN DOMBACH, aged 62 years, 1 month and 21 days. On the 15th his remains were consigned to the earth, in the presence of many relatives and friends, who came to show their tribute of respect. On which occasion impressive remarks were made at the house, by Benjamin Lehman, and Samuel Myers in German, and Jacob N. Brubaker in English. Very appropriate remarks were made by Abraham Witmer at the place of burial. Brother Dombach was a faithful member of the Mennonite church; unwavering in his faith, always ready to contribute to the necessities of the poor. A good husband, father and kind neighbor. He leaves a wife and 12 children to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. About six months before his death he was taken with a severe pain in his face which was pronounced by physicians to be neuralgia, but after several months suffering of the most excruciating pain it proved to be cancer. His agony day and night for six months in succession was inexpressible. He bore his severe afflictions with the most patient submission to his heavenly Father's will. During his illness his mind soared heavenward. He felt prepared for the end, and longed for the time, when he should be released from suffering and received to glory. Two days previous to his death he fell into a slumber, from which an angel bore his spirit to the bright shores of eternity, in the glorious hope of having part in the first resurrection. "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." Rev: 20:6.

Farewell, dear wife and children all,
I leave you now to meet God's call;
But hope you will all faithful be,
Prepare to die, and follow me.

So that when God, from those bright skies
Shall bid the righteous dead arise,
That you amongst that host appear
To praise God with your father dear.

Oh, my dear friends, weep not for me,
As I am now so you must be;
As you are now so once was I,
Remember you must also die.

Weep not, dear friends, dry up your tears,
And trust in God, He'll quell your fears;
And walk by faith the narrow road,
Which brings your souls safe home to God.

Weep not for me, my children dear,
It grieves me sore to leave you here;
But God the good, and most supreme
Removed my soul while in a dream.

No more shall I complain or sigh,
Oh then prepare that you may die,
And meet me where all partings cease,
And dwell with me at home in peace.

Remember well, my friends so dear,
That six months pain and that severe;
Which Jesus helped me all to bear,
Are small towards the joys I share.

Farewell my dearest friends below,
When Jesus calls, you too must go;
Oh that you all prepared may be,
To sound the holy Jubilee.
John H. Keagy.



October 20th, in Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., after much suffering of dropsy, borne patiently, Bro. HENRY STAUFFER, aged 72 years and 17 days. Funeral on the 1st Nov. Text, Acts 10:42. Bro. Stauffer was a faithful member of the church, of peaceable disposition, a good neighbor, industrious and respected. He left a wife and children to mourn his death.

November 5th, in Neffsville, Lancaster Co., Pa., FANNY H. EBY, aged 11 years, 10 months and 6 days. Funeral on the 8th. Text, Isa. 40:6 8. May the death of this young girl be to the glory of God.

November 11th, near Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. JOHN STONER, aged 75 years, 5 months and 4 days. Funeral on the 13th. Text, Rev. 21:6. A large concourse of friends and neighbors assembled to pay him the last tribute of respect.

Nov. 22nd, in Garret Co., Md., SARAH BEACHY, wife of Pre. Jonas Beachy, aged 77 years, 4 months and 25 days. Funeral sermon by Jacob Brenneman and David Hershberger.

Nov. 8th, in Jenner Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Sister MARY MILLER, widow, aged 70 years, 1 month and 14 days. Buried the 10th in the family grave- yard of Aaron Miller, followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends to mourn their departure. Funeral service by Bishop Samuel Blough, Jacob Blough and Peter A. Blough.

Nov. 16th, near Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., of paralysis, Bros. JOHN L. DETWEILER, aged 72 years, 10 months and 3 days. He was nearly helpless for three years, until the Lord called him home. He leaves a wife and five children. His remains were placed in Lehman's burying-ground in the presence of many friends and relatives. Appropriate remarks were made on the solemn occasion by the brethren Daniel Rhodes, John Hunsecker and Peter Nissley, from Rev. 14: 13, 14.

Nov. 25th, in Philadelphia, Pa., HARVEY, son of David L. and Sarah Jane GOTTSCHALK, aged 1 month 5 days. On Sunday Nov. 28th the remains were interred at Gottschalk's burying-place, on which occasion N. B. Grubb spoke from the words Job 1:28.

Oct. 6th, in Fagleysville, Pa., SABINA G. wife of Henry R. BERTOLETTE, aged 44 years, 3 months and 2 days. Buried at Bertolette's Meeting House Oct. 9th, on which occasion Pre's. [sic] Noble Frame and N. B. Grubb spoke.

Near Zeiglersville Pa., Sept. 16th, infant child of William and Amanda STEINER, aged 13 days. Buried at Keelor's church. Service by N. B. Grubb. Text, John 14:28. "I go unto the Father."

Oct. 5th, near Gunn City, Cass Co., Mo., Sister RACHAEL ZOOK, wife of Jonathan C. Zook, formerly of Mifflin Co., Pa. Services by J. C. Kenagy.

Oct. 10th, in the same place as above, Brother SOLOMON KING, of Malarious disease; aged about 45 years.

"One life to live. One death to die;
We mortals all l must undergo.
And then the wages of our life,
The Lord upon us will bestow."

On the 23rd of March 1875, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of Pneumonia, WILLIAM HENRY, son of Jacob and Barbara YODER, aged 10 years, 4 months and 6 days. Buried at Yellow Creek. Services by Henry Shaum and Chr. Christophel.

Dec. 21st, in Sellersville, Bucks Co., Pa., of five days sickness, SAMUEL LANDIS, aged 74 years, 11 months and 4 days. Buried the 25th, in Gehman's burying-ground. Many friends and acquaintances were present to pay their last tribute of respect. Sermon by A. Horning and J. Allebach.

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Dec. 14th, in Pennsville, Fayette Co., Pa., of old age, J. C. DOBLE, aged 99 years, 4 months and 14 days. Services by J. Blough.

November 12th, in Rapho township, Lancaster Co., Pa., infant son of John and _____ ERISMEN, aged 15 days. Funeral on the 13th. Text, 2 Kings 4:26. [Transcriber's note: the obituary contained the blank line for the mother's name]

November 12th, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. JOSEPH HERSHEY, aged 71 years, 11 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 16th. Text, Rev. 22:13, 14. His remains were followed to the grave by a large circles [sic] of friends and neighbors.

November 18th, near Columbia, Lancaster Co., Pa, Sister ANNA MELLINGER, wife of Bro. Martin Mellinger, aged 70 years and 24 days. Funeral on the 20th. Text Ps. 31:5 Sister Mellinger was a faithful and consistent member in the church.

November 19th, near Annville, Lebanon Co., Pa., suddenly, Bro. GEORGE HOFFER, aged 82 years, 5 months and 3 days. Funeral on the 24th. Text, Phil. 1:21 Bro. Hoffer was a faithful member in the church.

November 28th, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., suddenly, Sister MARIA, wife of Bro. Daniel ERB, aged 76 years and 9 months. Funeral on the 1st Dec. Text, Luke 10:42. A large number of friends and neighbors assembled to pay the last tribute of respect.

December 4th, in Rapho Twp. Lancaster Co., Pa., ANN KEENER, aged 2 months. Funeral on the 6th. Text, Gal. 3:26.

December 5th, near Bachmansville, Dauphin Co., Pa., Bro. JACOB GINGRICH, aged 78 years, 6 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 8th. Text, 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8.

December 7th, in Marietta, Lancaster Co., Pa., HENRY MESSELMAN, aged 77 years, 2 months and 2 days. Funeral on the 9th. Text, Heb. 9:27, 28.

December 7th, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. JOHN GROFF, aged 57 years, 5 months and 7 days. Funeral on the 10th. Text, Psalm 34: 18, 20. An affectionate wife and children deeply mourned his death. A large number of friends assembled to pay the last tribute of respect, and sympathize with the bereft family. Bro. Groff was a bright shining light.

November 15th, in Kent Co., Mich., of palsy, Sister ELIZABETH WENGER, widow, aged 64 years, 9 months and 25 days. Her maiden name was Good. She leaves 9 children to mourn their loss. Services by John Speicher, Peter Keim and George Long, from Philip. 1:21.

November 21st, in Holmes Co., Ohio, JACOB WEAVER, aged 69 years, 3 months and 22 days.

On the same day, near the same place, BARBARA MAST, wife of Daniel Mast, aged 43 years, 6 months and 29 days.

December 11th, in LaGrange Co., Ind., of typhoid fever, CHRISTIAN YODER, aged 53 years, 10 months and 13 days. He was sick about two weeks, which he bore with Christian fortitude. Services by John L. Yoder and D. D. Miller, from 2 Cor. 5; 1 Cor. 15:33-53.

August 18th, in Knox Co., Tenn., ELMER, son of J. B. & M. H. STOLTZFUS, aged 1 year, 8 months and 15 days. Services by Joseph Detweiler and John Stoltzfus.
"Weep not for me my parents dear,
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be,
O, parents do not weep for me."

November 30th, near Sterling, Whiteside Co., Ill., JOHN LEHMAN, aged 60 years, 10 months and 18 days. Services by Abraham Ebersole and Joseph Myers, from Jn. 5:28, 29.

December 5th, in Council Grove, Kan., A. ENS, recently from Russia He was sick several weeks.

December 10th, on Meadow Run, Augusta Co., Va., Sister ANNA WENGER, widow, formerly from Franklin Co., Pa. Her maiden name was Burkholder, aged 60 years, one month and 19 days. Services by Jacob Hildebrand, from Jn. 5:24-29.

December 4th, in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of inflammation of the lungs, after a short illness, Sister EISABETH [sic] MILLER, aged 60 years and 22 days.

November 19th, in Whiteside Co., Ill., Bro. JACOB SNAVELY, aged 81 years, 6 months and 13 days. Services by Henry Nice and Joseph Myers.

October 24th, in Dakota, of 6 days illness, Bro. TOBIAS UNRUH, aged 53 years, 9 months and 3 days. Services by D. Neufeld, from Rev. 2:10.


Transcribed by: Debbie Kapp, Pennsylvania

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